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$2M deal reached in hot NYC jail cell death

Posted at 4:29 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 16:29:00-04

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City official says a settlement of more than $2 million has been reached with the family of a mentally ill, homeless former Marine who died in a 101-degree jail cell.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer made the announcement Friday.

Fifty-six-year-old Jerome Murdough died in a mental observation unit about a week after he was sent to Rikers Island jail on a trespassing arrest. Officials said he wasn't checked on for at least four hours. He was found slumped at the foot of his bed with a pool of vomit and blood on the floor on Feb. 15 with an internal body temperature of 103 degrees.

His mother, Alma, had filed a notice of claim, the first procedural step necessary for her wrongful-death lawsuit.

Prosecutors are investigating Murdough's death.

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